Cecilia Che­ung's come­back role

A breast can­cer pa­tient finds strength in fam­ily sup­port and changes the lives of those around her.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - FRONT PAGE - By SETO KIT YAN

WHILE Love Cuts tack­les the se­ri­ous busi­ness of breast can­cer, the movie ini­tially at­tracts more at­ten­tion with its sur­pris­ingly provoca­tive movie poster of Kenny Ho and Zoe Tay (with his hand on her bare chest) and equally eye­brow-rais­ing movie stills of Christy Yow and Al­lan Wu pos­ing in the nude.

Pro­duced in con­junc­tion with Singapore’s Health Pro­mo­tion Board (HPB) with the aim to raise aware­ness of breast can­cer, as well as to pro­mote the pre­ven­tion of the dis­ease, the mak­ers of Love Cuts also col­lected funds with char­ity events that were sup­ported by HPB, the Breast Can­cer Foun­da­tion (BCF) and the Singapore Can­cer So­ci­ety (SCS).

StarTwo met up with the cast and crew of Love Cuts (Ge Ai in Man­darin) at a me­dia con­fer­ence to launch the movie in Singapore in late Au­gust.

The story chron­i­cles the life of a seam­stress who is a mother of two and her strug­gles with ter­mi­nal breast can­cer, as well as how she in­spires and changes the lives of peo­ple around her.

The in­spi­ra­tional movie stars Hong Kong’s Ho as the lov­ing and sup­port­ive hus­band, Chan Wai Mun, along­side Singapore’s Tay, 42, as the can­cer-stricken wife, Cecilia (or Sissy, as she is fondly dubbed), with Ed­win Goh, 16, and Re­gene Lim, nine, play­ing their chil­dren.

The movie’s ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Lim Teck, who came up with the story, worked tire­lessly to get Tay and Ho on board, say­ing the movie would not have been made with­out them.

Di­rected by Ger­ald Lee, and scripted by for­mer dee­jay Danny Yeo and play­wright Lee Shyh Jih, this heart­warm­ing movie by Singapore’s Clover Films and Malaysia’s MM2 En­ter­tain­ment and Prime­works Stu­dio opened in Singapore to rave re­views early last month.

The movie’s theme song, Shou Zhong Xian, was writ­ten by the award-win­ning song­writ­ing pair, Eric Ng and Xiao Han, and per­formed by Serene Koong.

One of the movie’s pro­duc­ers Jack Choo also makes a guest ap­pear­ance be­sides al­low­ing his

A scene from Sin­ga­porean film in which the fam­ily gath­ers dur­ing the mother’s ad­vanced stage of ill­ness. Star­ring (from left) Kenny Ho, Re­gene Lim, Zoe Tay and Ed­win Goh. house to be used for film­ing the movie. “We hur­riedly filmed while my wife was away,” said Choo.

Ipoh-born Yow (who pulled out of her lead role in strip queen Rose Chan’s biopic) por­trays a buxom model who bat­tles breast can­cer while hunky Chi­nese-Amer­i­can Wu (host of The Amaz­ing Race Asia) plays her fel­low model boyfriend. The movie also co-stars Lin Rup­ing and Zhu Xi­ufeng, with cameos by Chu Houren and Des­mond Tan.

In the movie, Ho plays a dis­con­tented and over­worked res­tau­rant man­ager who is be­gin­ning to re­gret giv­ing up his Hong Kong res­tau­rant busi­ness and mi­grat­ing to Singapore to be with his wife. On the other hand, his wife is a dili­gent seam­stress who is pop­u­lar be­cause of her cheery na­ture and su­perb crafts­man­ship.

It is un­be­liev­able that Ho is al­ready 50 years old as, with his youth­ful out­look and con­stant ac­tiv­ity, he can pass off for some­one half his age. Even Tay re­marked that Ho was easy to work with be­cause “he was so ac­tive, even more so than the two kids”, while the two chil­dren said that “papa was very amus­ing and play­ful”.

Best known for his heroic roles in ac­tion-packed projects, Ho al­ways ap­pears to be full of en­ergy, so much so that a chiefly-dra­matic non-ac­tion role such as this is quite

Her fee will be HK$15mil (RM6mil), which is five times her fee of HK$3mil (RM1.2mil) in 2006, be­fore her four-year break to fo­cus on her fam­ily, says Ap­ple Daily.

Her agent also af­firms Che­ung is mak­ing two other movies con­cur­rently: Jin­gle Ma’s car rac­ing film star­ring Tang Wei and All’s Well Ends Well 2011, Ray­mond Wong’s Chi­nese New Year com­edy star­ring Don­nie Yen. a de­par­ture from norm for him.

In Love Cuts, Ho had nu­mer­ous cry­ing scenes, more than he had ever done for any other movie. Yet, with all the drama, his many years of ex­pe­ri­ence told him that some­thing was not right.

“Read­ing the script over and over, I felt that there was some­thing missing that would give it the much needed punch. So, we ended with the piv­otal scene in the kitchen where the hus­band and wife brace them­selves for tough times ahead.” CECILIA Che­ung (pic) is restart­ing her film ca­reer with a bang, with four movies and a rock­et­ing salary, say news­pa­pers.

She will star as Mu Guiy­ing in a film on the women war­riors of the Yang fam­ily, to be di­rected by Frankie Chan and pro­duced by Jackie Chan, her agent con­firms to Ming Pao Daily News.

Famed for his portrayal of Zhan Zhao in sev­eral pop­u­lar lon­grun­ning Jus­tice Bao TV se­ries, he is now film­ing an­other Jus­tice Bao se­ries in China.

“Af­ter film­ing al­most 300 episodes, we’re now all good friends. It is so fun and easy that it never seems like work. I hope to wind up the show with a fi­nal episode where our hair has turned white,” Ho added earnestly.

Ho was last seen as a pow­er­ful swords­man called Name­less in the

Chal­leng­ing times:

LoveCuts

Al­lan Wu and Christy Yow play a cou­ple who are mod­els.

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